At the IPSA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting #119 in Monterrey (Mexico) of December 10-11 2015, the EC unanimously approved ‒ upon recommendation from the Special Presidential Search Committee ‒ Ilter Turan as the nominee of the EC for the election of the next IPSA President (2016-2018). The election will be held at the IPSA Council of July 26 (9am-12pm), during the upcoming IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Poznań (Poland).
Ilter Turan is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University. His research and writing have been in the fields of Comparative Politics, Turkish Politics, and Turkish Foreign Policy dealing among others with such diverse topics as political development, democratization, legislative behavior, political parties, political culture, politics of water and aspects of foreign policy.
Mr. Turan began his academic career in 1964 at Istanbul University. In 1993, he moved to Koç University and in 1998 he was appointed the President of Istanbul Bilgi University. He has been a member of the Department of International Relations at Bilgi since 2001. He has held visiting appointments at numerous American Universities including the universities of California (Berkeley), Iowa, Wisconsin (Madison) and Arizona as well as St. Anthony’s and Nuffield Colleges (Oxford).
Mr. Turan has served as the president of the Turkish Political Science Association (2000-2009) and been a member of the Executive Committee (2000-2006) and chair of the Committee on Research and Training (2003-2006) of IPSA. He has also served as the Program Chair of the 21st IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Santiago, Chile in July 2009.
Mr. Turan is a senior columnist for the economics daily Dünya and a contributor to On Turkey series of the German Marshall Fund. He is a founding trustee, a trustee and/or member of the Board of Directors of several foundations and the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Health and Education Foundation (SEV) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Economic and Social Research Foundation (TESAV). He serves on several corporate boards.
Mr. Turan received his BA from Oberlin College (1962), MA from Columbia University (1964) and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University (1966). He is married and has one daughter.